Garnets of January

JANUARY BIRTHSTONE For babies born in January, the garnet is the perfect gem to represent their birthstone. This beautiful stone, which is most commonly red but can be found in a range of other colors, symbolizes peace, prosperity and good health. Some say it even has the power to give the wearer eternal happiness, health

Silver Bells and Silver Jewelry

The Difference Between Sterling Silver and 925 Silver There are so many varieties of silver on the market that it is easy to get confused when you hear these terms, such as sterling silver, silver plate, pure silver, fine silver, 925 silver, coin silver, nickel silver and so on. One common question that is asked

December Birthstones – The Unique Tanzanite Jewelry

DECEMBER BIRTHSTONES December’s birthstones offer three ways to fight the winter blues: tanzanite, zircon and turquoise – all of them, appropriately, best known for beautiful shades of blue. These gems range from the oldest on earth (zircon), to one of the first mined and used in jewelry (turquoise), to one of the most recently discovered

All-Diamond Ring Crafted From a Single Rough Gem – Wow!

All-Diamond Ring Crafted From a Single Rough Gem May Fetch $250,000 at Benefit Auction An all-diamond ring custom crafted from a single rough gem is expected to fetch up to $250,000 when Sotheby’s offers it for sale December 5 at the third (RED) Auction in Miami. Proceeds from the sale will support HIV/AIDS programs in

Sapphire Symbolism

People have long connected celestial blue sapphires with the planet Venus. By extension, sapphires also represent Friday, the day dedicated to Venus. Springtime also falls under sapphire’s symbolic rubric. In differing zodiacal systems, the gemstone covers both Taurus and Gemini. The Ancient Greeks associated sapphire with Apollo. Petitioners often wore the gem while consulting oracles,

Are You A Pearl?

Pearls are the only gemstones made by living creatures. Mollusks produce pearls by depositing layers of calcium carbonate around microscopic irritants that get lodged in their shells—usually not a grain of sand, as commonly believed. While any shelled mollusk can technically make a pearl, only two groups of bivalve mollusks (or clams) use mother-of-pearl

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Diamonds Are Forever!

You probably already know of the diamond’s toughness. In fact, it’s the hardest gemstone and is made of just one element: carbon. Its structure makes it 58 times harder than anything in nature and can only be cut with another diamond. While it’s become nearly synonymous with wedding engagements, it’s also the perfect stone for

AQUAMARINE – THE TRANQUILITY OF THE SEA

The serenely colored aquamarine invokes the tranquility of its namesake, the sea. In fact, the name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones, and

Red is the color of….January

The word “garnet” comes from the 14th Century Middle English word “gernet” meaning dark red. The word is derived from Latin “granatum” which means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to the beautifully red seeds of the pomegranate. Garnet is actually the name of a group of minerals that comes in

Getting into the Spirit: Selecting the Perfect Holiday Jewelry

The holiday season is always something people look forward to, but we’re often swept up in planning, cooking, shopping and more, not leaving enough time for ourselves. One way to stay on top of your game and avoid the dreaded last minute, “What am I going to wear?” dilemma is by having your outfits prepared

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